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By Will Fritz
Staff Writer 

Fire scorches 150 acres in Camp Pendleton training area


Last updated 5/21/2020 at 3:57am

FALLBROOK – A fire in a Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton training area scorched more than 100 acres and caused an obvious smell of smoke in Fallbrook and other parts of North County as far south as Escondido before firefighters were able to stop its spread early Tuesday morning, May 19.

Camp Pendleton officials first reported the fire at 7:50 p.m. Monday. At the time, it was described as having burned roughly eight acres in a training area of the Marine Corps base.

Base officials tweeted the fire had grown to 35 acres as of a little after 9:15 p.m., then said on Twitter at 10:15 p.m. that the fire had blackened 50 acres and was 20% contained.

Base officials said a little before 1 a.m. that the forward spread of the blaze had been stopped. As of 6:15 a.m., the fire was 80% contained and had blackened 150 acres.

There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at [email protected]


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